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Mani-Mani Statue

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Clay model of the Mani-Mani Statue

The Mani-Mani Statue, or Evil Mani-Mani, is an item that Giygas used during the events of EarthBound to help spread his evil influence. It is seen multiple times throughout the game. The first time is optional, but adds more background to where it came from. It plays a large role in the game.

With Lier X. Agerate

At the beginning of the game during the meteorite crash, Ness can speak with Lier X. Agerate. He will seem uneasy and worrisome. If he talks to him after returning home and going up to find Picky, he will tell Ness to return alone later so he can show him something. The next morning, if Ness does return, Lier X. Agerate will run down underground into a cave. At the end, Ness will see the Mani-Mani Statue, and if he checks it, the message: "(The Golden Statue is glowing strangely...)".

With Mr. Carpainter

The Mani-Mani Statue behind Mr. Carpainter

Later in the game, Ness will go to Happy Happy Village to try and save Paula. He then realizes that the town isn't normal. The residents will mention a man named Carpainter. Ness can meet Mr. Carpainter in a building and offer for him to stay the night, but only if he converts to Happy-Happyism. Throughout the town and a nearby cave, Ness will meet some enemies that are his pawns: the Insane Cultists. When Ness goes to see Paula in her prison, she will tell him that Carpainter has the key to the door keeping her locked up. Ness must then go to a large building and fight Mr. Carpainter. Behind him in the back room of the building, is the Mani-Mani Statue. After the battle, Carpainter will tell him that the Mani-Mani Statue had an evil influence over him.

With Geldegarde Monotoli

The battle with the Mani-Mani Statue.

When Ness, Paula, and Jeff reached the big city of Fourside, they eventually found themselves in a large department store. When they tried to leave, Paula was kidnapped. Ness and Jeff soon found the kidnapper in an office in the store. They fought the Dept. Store Spook, who tipped them that Paula was with Monotoli. Soon the two found Everdred lying in an alley. He told them to check behind the counter of Jackie's Cafe. When they did, they found themselves in the backwards world of Moonside. After wandering around, they found the Mani-Mani Statue unprotected. They engaged in battle with it. They destroyed the statue, and wound up in the back room of Jackie's Cafe. A message will appear saying that Moonside was all just an illusion. After finally making it up the Monotoli building, Mr. Monotoli, who will tell Ness, Paula, and Jeff more of the Mani-Mani Statue. He will also talk of its evil influence. He will also tell them of what he heard while in possession of it. He said he heard the word "Giygas" and "Don't let them go to Summers". He also said he hid it in the storage room of Jackie's Cafe.

As an enemy

Evil Mani-Mani
マニマニのあくま Mani Mani Devil
Evil-Mani Mani
Appearance in EarthBound
PSI strengths/weaknesses
Experience/money yields





The Mani-Mani Statue appears in Moonside as a boss, called Evil Mani-Mani. It knows various PSI maneuvers such as PSI Magnet and Paralysis.

Text Effect
PSI Magnet α Drains PP from one party member
Paralysis α Paralyzes one party member
Bash Deals low-level damage to one party member
Emit a pale green light Cancels the effects of all active PSI
Emit a glorious light Generic PSI Flash Ω; 35% chance of crying, 10% chance of strangeness, 15% chance of paralysis, 40% chance of instant defeat

EarthBound Player's Guide description

"The Statue puts up a better fight than Carpainter did back in Happy Happy Village, but you should be able to beat it without difficulty. Just make sure you go into the battle fully powered up."


  • Ness's Nightmare bears a large resemblance to the Mani-Mani Statue, sharing the same battle sprite, spare the Moonside-like coloring. It is possible that Ness's Nightmare is actually some of the evil influence from being near the Mani-Mani Statue so much, as the nightmare is stated as the "evil of his mind". Alternatively, Ness's mind may simply be embodying his fears using the appearance of the statue.
  • The fight background against the statue is used in Mother 3, when the main character fights the Masked Man.

Enemies in EarthBound
Coil Snake • Runaway Dog • Spiteful Crow • Starman Junior • Pogo Punk • Skate Punk • Yes Man Junior • Frank • Frankystein Mark II • Cop • Captain Strong • Ramblin' Evil Mushroom
Giant Step
Black Antoid • Attack Slug • Rowdy Mouse • Titanic Ant
Annoying Old Party Man • Cranky Lady • Mobile Sprout • New Age Retro Hippie • Unassuming Local Guy • Everdred
Peaceful Rest Valley
Li'l UFO • Spinning Robo • Territorial Oak
Happy Happy Village
Insane Cultist • Mr. Carpainter
Lilliput Steps
Mighty Bear • Mole Playing Rough • Mr. Batty • Mondo Mole
Handsome Tom • No Good Fly • Putrid Moldyman • Smelly Ghost • Smilin' Sam • Trick or Trick Kid • Urban Zombie • Zombie Dog • Zombie Possessor • Boogey Tent • Mini Barf
Cave Boy • Gruff Goat • Mad Duck • Worthless Protoplasm
Grapefruit Falls
Armored Frog • Farm Zombie • Plain Crocodile • Red Antoid • Violent Roach
Belch's Base
Foppy • Mostly Bad Fly • Slimy Little Pile • Master Belch
Milky Well
Ranboob • Struttin' Evil Mushroom • Tough Mobile Sprout • Trillionage Sprout
Dusty Dunes Desert
Bad Buffalo • Crested Booka • Criminal Caterpillar • Cute Li'l UFO • Desert Wolf • Skelpion • Smilin' Sphere
Annoying Reveler • Crazed Sign • Extra Cranky Lady • Mad Taxi
Gold Mine
Gigantic Ant • Noose Man • Thirsty Coil Snake • Guardian Digger
Grand Department Store
Musica • Mystical Record • Scalding Coffee Cup • Dept. Store Spook
Abstract Art • Dali's Clock • Enraged Fire Plug • Robo-pump • Evil Mani-Mani
Monotoli Building
Sentry Robot • Clumsy Robot
Return to Winters / Rainy Circle
Mighty Bear Seven • Arachnid! • Elder Batty • Strong Crocodile • Shrooom!
Over Zealous Cop • Tough Guy • Shattered Man
Magnet Hill
Deadly Mouse • Filthy Attack Roach • Stinky Ghost • Plague Rat of Doom
Pink Cloud
Conducting Menace • Kiss of Death • Tangoo • Thunder Mite • Thunder and Storm
Kraken • Beautiful UFO • Dread Skelpion • Great Crested Booka • High-class UFO • Master Criminal Worm • Marauder Octobot
Arachnid!!! • Fierce Shattered Man • Guardian Hieroglyph • Lethal Asp Hieroglyph • Petrified Royal Guard • Guardian General
Deep Darkness
Big Pile of Puke • Demonic Petunia • Even Slimier Little Pile • Hard Crocodile • Hostile Elder Oak • Manly Fish • Manly Fish's Brother • Pit Bull Slug • Zap Eel • Master Barf
Invaded Winters
Lesser Mook • Whirling Robo • Wooly Shambler
Stonehenge Base
Atomic Power Robot • Military Octobot • Mook Senior • Starman • Starman Super • Starman Deluxe
Lumine Hall
Conducting Spirit • Fobby • Hyper Spinning Robo • Uncontrollable Sphere • Electro Specter
Lost Underworld
Chomposaur • Ego Orb • Wetnosaur
Fire Spring
Evil Elemental • Psychic Psycho • Major Psychic Psycho • Soul Consuming Flame • Carbon Dog/Diamond Dog
Care Free Bomb • Electro Swoosh • French Kiss of Death • Loaded Dice • Mr. Molecule • Ness's Nightmare
Invaded Onett
Evil Eye • Ghost of Starman • Mechanical Octobot
Cave of the Past
Bionic Kraken • Final Starman • Nuclear Reactor Robot • Squatter Demon • Ultimate Octobot • Wild 'n Wooly Shambler • Heavily Armed Pokey • Giygas
See also
Crooked Cop
List of EarthBound enemies by battle song